Professor Martyn Harry


Martyn Harry’s compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, Allegri Quartet, Eos, Piano Circus, Psappha, the New Music Players and the BBC Singers and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, NDR 3 and WDR 3. 

His most frequently performed instrumental works include Ozymandias for cello and piano, Fantasy Unbuttoned for 19 players and Regenstimmen for solo harp, which has been released by NMC on CD, and has been broadcast many times worldwide, including on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Martyn Harry has worked closely, particularly in his role as the Northern Arts Composer Fellow between 2000 and 2003, with Northern Sinfonia, leading to premieres and subsequent performances of his works including Still Life, Taking Leave of a Friend, Signal Failure, The Enigma of Arrival, George Meets Arnie For Tennis, Chamber Intimacy and his song cycle The Spell at Hall 2, The Sage, Gateshead, in January 2007.

Martyn’s music theatre works include Restraint for Handcuffed Pianist and pre-recorded tape, The End of the Line for three singers and four players, and Signal Failure for actors, ensemble and computer graphics. He has also composed a number of children’s operas in conjunction with Theatre Hullabaloo, many of which received premieres at The Sage, Gateshead. 

Other highly-acclaimed works include the orchestral piece The Enigma of Arrival; George Meets Arnie For Tennis, a work recorded by the New Music Players and performed at The Sage, Gateshead, in May 2006; Restraint for Handcuffed Pianist, which was broadcast by Richard Casey on Radio 3’s ‘Here and Now’ programme; and Eingestellt for electric string trio and distortion effects, a work premiered in St Petersburg in May 2007 and performed again at the prestigious Moscow Autumn Festival in November 2007 under the composer’s direction. 

Martyn’s most recent compositions include “At His Majesty’s Pleasure”, a large-scale work for sagbuts and cornets released on CD by His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts; his children’s opera, “My Mother Told Me Not To Stare” to a libretto from Fin Kruckemeyer, which has been toured nationally twice in theatres, concert halls and schools around the UK; and his orchestral work, “Galgenhumoreske”, which received its premiere at the Barbican Centre in 2012. He is currently working on a two-hour cycle of piano pieces and has composed the first two pieces, “Beltway Series” and “LA Toll Booth”, for performance by pianist Jonathan Powell in 2014.

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